Source: worldmusiccentral.org; Author: Madanmohan Rao; Photo Courtesy: Madanmohan Rao

The world music circuit in India for the new year took off to a terrific start on January 2 in Bangalore, with a fusion concert blending Indian and Western classical music, jazz, folk, ghazals, bhajans and Bollywood! The annual Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival, this time in four cities, is the brainchild of Indian classical and fusion violinist Dr L Subramaniam. The festival is organized and named in honor of his father and violin guru Prof. V. Lakshminarayana Iyer, who passed away in 1990. The festival is now in its 22nd year, and I have attended over six of these festivals.

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Ambi Subramaniam with his parents Kavita Krishnamurti Subramaniam and Dr. L. Subramaniam and tuba player Oystein Baadsvik – Photo by Madanmohan Rao